It’s getting so close that we can almost taste the TNGA-ness (Toyota New Global Architecture) that has been the central talking point of the latest Corolla and Camry we got to review.
If those two are anything to go by, with significantly sharper handling from a stiffer chassis and lower centre of gravity, it’s not impossible for the RAV4 which will be built of the TNGA-K platform that underpins the new Harrier, to be the best-handling SUV when it arrives in Malaysia.
UMW Toyota Motor has upped the ante, following a recent teaser on its Facebook page, the company announced that it’s accepting a registration of interest for the highly-anticipated SUV which has been on an extended sabbatical.
If our memory served us correctly, the last time UMW Toyota Motor officially brought in the RAV4 was around 20 years ago, in the form of the first generation followed by the second before prices became a deterrent factor.
The latter was fully imported and costs over RM200k, possibly the cause for its subsequent demise. But that storm has blown over and a new dawn has arrived.
While there’s no indication on specification or features, save for its impending arrival, we do know that the RAV-4 comes with two Dynamic Force engine options globally – 2.0-litre unit with 171 hp/203 Nm and a 2.5-litre unit with 205 hp/249 Nm.
The two are equippeed with automatic gearboxes while the third option, a 2.5-litre model with the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) is paired to an electronically-controlled CVT gearbox.